After being charged with theft, you will likely be wondering, “how long will this be on my record?” “Will this affect my ability to get a job?” Not knowing how long a charge will affect you is very troubling. However, depending on what you were charged with and what your previous record looks like, you may be able to get it completely expunged.
What Kind of Theft Charge Are You Facing?
- Burglary charges: If there is proof that you trespassed on another person’s property or vehicle without permission with the intent of carrying out a theft, assault, or another type of felony-level crime, this may result in a burglary charge. You can be charged with burglary whether you follow through on the criminal act or not. Robbery and burglary charges are always prosecuted as felonies, regardless of the stolen item value.
- Misdemeanor theft or petty theft: A class A misdemeanor theft charge refers to when an individual takes property or services totaling under $1,500 in value, but more than $500. The penalty is no more than a year in jail, a fine up to $4,000, or a combination of both. Lesser than $500, is a class B or C misdemeanor.
- Felony theft charges: Texas theft laws define felony theft as someone who steals property or services with a total value of more than $1,500. Credit card abuse and identity theft are felony theft no matter the amount allegedly stolen. Felony theft charges can lead to up to 99 years in jail and/or $10,000 in fines.
Can I Get Them Removed From My Record?
Depending on your past record and how serious the theft charges were, you may be able to do a deferred adjudication program, have the theft charges completely removed from your record, and avoid jail time. A Lewisville criminal defense attorney can find the best option to get you the least severe sentence possible for your charges, or prove your innocence if possible.